NORWICH, CT  — The Vermont Lake Monsters wrapped up their longest roadtrip of the season with a 2-3 record after an 8-2 loss to the Norwich Sea Unicorns Wednesday afternoon in Futures League action at Dodd Stadium.

Norwich jumped out to a 4-0 lead with two runs in the bottom of the first before single runs in second and fourth innings. The Lake Monsters got a run back in the fifth on a Tyler Favretto (Kansas Wesleyan) RBI single to score Joey Gale (Saint Joseph’s).

The Sea Unicorns added a pair of runs in both the seventh and eighth innings.  Christian Straitis went 4-for-4 with four RBI for Norwich (7-3), while two Sea Unicorn pitchers limited the Lake Monsters to five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.  

Wyatt Patchett (Le Moyne) connected for a solo home run in the ninth, tying him for the league lead with three homers. 

Starting Thursday with the first of a six-game, seven-day homestand, Vermont (5-4) is scheduled to play 35 of its final 49 regular-season games at Centennial Field including 15 of the next 19 through June 27th. 

* Gale 2-for-3, 1 R
* Patchett 1-for-4, solo homer
* Cole Riskin (Clarkson) 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO

* Gale had 2 hits and Dawson Bryce (Merrimack) 0-for-3 with 1 walk in their Vermont debuts
* With 3 home runs, Patchett has already matched the 2023 Vermont season high for homers (Jack Winnay led team with 3 HR) 

* Vermont has now lost 7 straight regular-season games to Norwich dating back to May 26, 2023 (8 including 2023 championship game)
* Including 2023 playoffs since Lake Monsters last win vs. Sea Unicorns 5/25/23, Vermont is 0-8 vs. Norwich and 45-21 vs. all other FCBL teams

Next Game: Thursday, 6:35pm vs. Brockton (